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RealSimple: The Best Stain Removing Products and Cleaning Tips

The Best Stain Removing Products and Cleaning Tips

To take the usual stain suspects out of carpets and upholstery, these are the best homemade solutions (apply each with a towel):

Dish soap: ¼ teaspoon nonbleach product (such as Dawn, Joy, or clear Ivory) plus 1 cup water.
Vinegar: 1 part white vinegar, 1 part water.
Ammonia: 1 tablespoon clear household formula plus 1 cup water.
Hydrogen peroxide: ½ cup plus 1 teaspoon household ammonia. (When using the store-bought cleaners or solvents mentioned in the following slides, follow the package directions. For all the treatments, test on an inconspicuous spot first.)

(Photo: Dana Gallagher)

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